Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

Executive Director, Harte Research Institute for the Gulf of Mexico Studies

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the senior executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI). HRI has spent the last two decades working to ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable Gulf of Mexico. The institute has grown from an idea to an international research institute that generates more than $20 million annually in research support across nine diverse research programs.

Reporting directly to the president of TAMU-CC, the senior executive director will directly supervise two associate directors, six endowed chairs and three HRI Chairs. The institute employs a diverse staff of research scientists and technicians, administrative support professionals, undergraduate and graduate students. The total number of staff ranges between 150 and 180, depending on active grant status. The next senior executive director will play a key role in identifying opportunities for impactful research, diversifying institute funding, maintaining HRI’s positive organizational culture and enhancing the institute’s reputation.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 19, 2020. Application materials, nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Robert Luke at The consultants can be reached through the desk of Marietta DeMauro, executive search coordinator, at 630-575-6975.

HRI Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for an Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation. We seek applicants with a distinguished record of research in coastal and marine ecosystems focused on addressing biodiversity and conservation at population, community, and ecosystem scales. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong field-based research programs. The position is tenure-eligible at the Associate or Full Professor level in either the Department of Life Sciences or Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.

HRI Chair for Ecosystem Science and Modeling

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for an HRI Chair for Ecosystem Science & Modeling. We seek an ecosystem scientist with a distinguished record of research that addresses pressing environmental issues in marine and coastal ecosystems. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong ecosystem modeling capabilities, although we will give equal consideration to candidates with expertise in other areas of ecosystem science. The position is tenure-eligible at the Associate or Full Professor level in either the Department of Life Sciences or Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.

University of South Florida – Dean of the College of Marine Sciences

The University of South Florida (USF) seeks an accomplished oceanographer/marine scientist and administrator as the next Dean of the College of Marine Science (CMS). The College is a global leader in innovative and cross-disciplinary oceanographic research and resource management and helps to inform effective solutions for Florida, the nation, and the planet. The College of Marine Science seeks to increase and apply fundamental knowledge of global ocean systems and human-ocean interactions through research, graduate education, and community engagement. Its faculty and students create and disseminate knowledge about ocean physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and fisheries through observation, modeling, and theory. CMS aims to train a well-educated work force and to create a more scientifically-informed society.

National Ocean Services; NCOOS – Supervisory Environmental Scientist

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Stressor Detection and Impacts Division, with 1 vacancy in Silver Spring, MD or Beaufort, NC.

As a Supervisory Environmental Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as Chief for the Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Branch of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), providing formal supervision of an interdisciplinary staff and managing all administrative and operational activities of the unit.
  • Formulate, design and oversee coastal and marine ecosystem research projects for a major segment of the NCCOS Stressor Detection and Impacts portfolio, supported by environmental, physical, and social science researchers.
  • Provide planning, direction, evaluation and timely execution of research portfolio(s) that increase nationwide understanding of harmful algal blooms and coastal and marine resources.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of strategic, legislative, and science communication plans.
  • Work with federal, state, local and private industry partners to address natural resource management challenges related coastal and marine ecosystem issues.
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United States Geological Survey – Physical Scientist

The United Sates Geological Service is hiring a Physical Scientist within the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. Specific duties include:

  • Responsible for acquiring, compiling, and interpreting geologic data including rock/coral samples, high-resolution geophysical & bathymetric surveys and stratigraphic and taphonomic logs.
  • Calibrates, troubleshoots, operates, and repairs complex analytical instruments, such as including subsurface-deployed temperature, salinity, hydrographic and other environmental/physical data recorders.
  • Plans and collects a variety of field samples that may include biogenic carbonate rocks and/or sediments, seawater, and biologic or fossilized materials.
  • Produces geospatial and biophysical-process data sets, digital maps, charts and interprets data for written reports and journal publications.
  • Scuba diving will be required.


Florida International University — Open-rank faculty position in Phycology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University is seeking qualified candidates for an Open Rank, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor position in Phycology. We are interested in scientists who use contemporary tools for understanding algae taxonomy, physiology and/or ecology, and who have prior experience applying this knowledge to detecting, modeling, and/or managing harmful microalgal blooms. Only candidates having significant transferable funding at the time of hiring will be considered for this position. The successful candidate is expected to benefit from, and broaden the ongoing network of collaborations among, an existing team of scientists addressing the chemistry of harmful algal blooms, and ecologists studying freshwater and coastal ecosystem dynamics, which are supported by core facilities including molecular biology, toxicology and nutrient analysis, among others. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program, supervise graduate students in our Ph.D. program, as well as teach undergraduate courses in their area of expertise, which might include microbiology, phycology, and/or freshwater or coastal ecology.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has several positions open.

  • Full-time, Staff Scientist/Program Manager, Ocean Technology Program
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in HAB Mitigation and Ecology
  • Administrative Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Aquarium Services Associate
  • Grant Officer
  • Senior Biologist, Stranding Investigations Program
  • Grant Project Coordinator (MarSci-LACE)
  • Grant Project Data and Information Manager (MarSci-LACE) — Part time
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Vice President for Development, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

The New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, is seeking to fill the position of Vice President for Development. The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more that 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region.

The Water Institute of the Gulf, Data Architect for Environmental Resources

The Water Institute of the Gulf seeks a Data Architect for Environmental Resources. Job duties include:

  • Demonstrate technical expertise in enterprise level cloud data architecture, data visualization and advanced analytic solutions
  • Define conceptual, logical, and physical architectures for cloud-based data solutions
  • Design end-to-end cloud data solutions including architecture, infrastructure, storage, data model, ETL/ELT, and consumption
  • Lead the technical design and solutioning of migrating on-premises legacy data solutions to cloud-based data platforms
  • Define scope of technical implementation, translate requirements into design specs, and calculate/estimate TOC for proposed solution to environmental and water-related problems that have large data and modeling needs
  • Define best practices, pros and cons, and frameworks for capabilities across the data and analytics landscape regarding environmental data and model repositories
  • Define solution standards and best practices while providing hands-on oversight of technical delivery related to environmental and modeling data and repository platforms
  • Work with clients and research teams to help gather requirements and understand different processes as it relates to data collection, data and metadata standards, and end user experience.
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Louisiana State University Phytoplankton Ecology Lab — Graduate Student

The Phytoplankton Ecology Lab at Louisiana State University seeks a graduate student to carry out research on toxic cyanobacteria algal bloom, ideally starting June 2020. Specific goals are:(1) to assess the impact and interactions amongst the environmental and physicochemical factors triggering the development of cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, a system that is currently influenced by freshwater pulses from the Bonnet Carré Spillway, by tracking the succession of the cyanobacterial taxa and toxin diversity during bloom conditions; (2) to characterize the phytoplankton community adaptation response to physical drivers and diversion operations in Lake Pontchartrain. Provide the following (CV (including any publications), a cover letter stating your interest in research project and your suitability to the position, and two names and contact info of two references) to Dr. Sibel Bargu.

Postdoctoral Positions

Florida Atlantic University – Postdoctoral Fellow Oceanographic/Environmental Data Science

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow Oceanographic/Environmental Data at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campus in Fort Pierce, FL. This position will be based in the Geochemical Sensing Lab and the candidate will work closely with Dr. Jordon Beckler, other members of the Geochemical Sensing Lab, and members of other labs involved in related research projects.

The candidate will be involved in a collaborative harmful algal bloom study at Lake Okeechobee and will be responsible for the organization, development, and implementation of a database, associated data visualization products, and processed data products (e.g. statistics and model results).

University of Southern Mississippi — Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Biological/Physical Oceanography to work on a research collaboration with a team of fisheries scientists and oceanographers at USM, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeastern Fisheries Science Center (NOAA SEFSC), and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA AOML).

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.


Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

This new fellowship program is for graduate students and based at the national estuarine research reserves. A two-year fellowship opportunity for MS and Ph.D. students will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Includes travel and stipend.